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Clear the Bridge!

By: RAdm. Richard H. O'Kane USN
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
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The story of Tang and her gallant crew ranks with the most amazing of naval history.

Between August 1943 when she was commissioned and her loss in fall 1944, Tang completed four missions and was on her fifth in the Formosa Strait, single-handedly demolishing a convey. During this time, Tang had one captain: Commander Richard Hetherington O'Kane. Together, Tang, her crew of 86 men, and her captain sank more tonnage and more enemy ships than any other submarine on active patrol. 

Whether rescuing Navy fliers off Truk or stalking enemy convoys off Japan, Tang carried the war to the enemy with unparalleled ferocity.

©1977 Richard H. O'Kane (P)2020 Tantor

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An Admiral gives a lively portrayal of ww2 sub

What I would have preferred is his life story going through all the trials and tribulations of his Navy career leading up to commanding the Tang. That makes the beginning a little slow since he just touches on his life leading up to the main event. But once he gets to the point, it becomes very interesting. The Admiral shares what it is really like to captain a sub during WW2. Not just any sub, but one that saw a lot of action.

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TANG was far and away the best of a great lot!

I originally read this book when it first came out in paperback and became a fan of all Submarine books. This is a MUST READ! In all of military history books! Dick O'kane is a legend in Submarine warfare. Tangs record of ships sunk in basically 4 patrols, with the 5th being mostly a lifeguard patrol has NO equal in Submarine history! Had Tang not been lost by the tragedy of her last patrol, she might have gone on to many more sinkings! O'kane and Tang were the best!

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Excellent narrative by the skipper of the fightingest submarine in the US Nsvy

I read a hardback copy of Clear the Bridge over 30 years ago and found Dick O’Kane’s account of the patrols of the USS Tang to be riveting. The Audible version was well done and I think the true story of Tang and her gallant crew is better than any fictional novel

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Excellent book!!!

I don’t normally listen to an audiobook more than once but this one was worth listening to back to back. The narration was great and I found level of detail revealed in fighting tactics, problems, courage and leadership to be very interesting. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard the word sissy used! Also being from the SF Bay Area this time frame fascinates me with how the entire Bay Area was committed to helping fight the war and work together. Those times have certainly changed. I enjoyed the book and was glad to hear the Navy came thru with the correct sinking credits. This book could be a great movie.

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Tang America’s fighting submarine

What a great book. Come aboard Tang and fight your way with its crew. Great narration and stunning details put you in the fight.

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Stunning historic tale for the ages.

well done. Clear, concise and efficient in its delivery of its amazing historic story. Narration was on point.

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As suspenseful as any movie

“Clear the Bridge !” Is the real life version of “Crash Dive,” one of the most outstanding audiobook ever produced on the WW2 submarine war. And it has to be one of the most outstanding war autobiographies ever written. It is absolutely thrilling. What O’Kane and his men went through in the cat and mouse hand with the Japanese is astounding. It really doesn’t seem real. This is one exciting ride. And the end is incomparable. Sean Runnette is the perfect narrator for this.

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Great story, narration no so much

I found this very hard to finish. Narrator was too flat and did not put any enthusiasm into an exciting story. They should have had R C Bray narrate it! the story is interesting but I found it difficult to follow the gaps of the story, perhaps that was just the narrator. If you love WWII history it's worth a listen.

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Wonderful book in every way

This book takes you inside The boat from refueling reloading to dive surface maintenance. Give you a great understanding of the brave men that manned the submarines of war Navy and the wrist they took every time they close the hatch and blew the horn.

It’s great to see a book that was written in the 1970s be recorded in 2020. So many people have no idea of what so many brave men went through to save our country in the save the world even though the tang had a very sad ending. I also recommend a couple of other books written by other sailors who survived the sinking from inside the tang

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Great book

This was a great listen. Very well written and the story helped my attention. The end is almost unbelievable but I guess it really happened.